26 January 2017
Editor’s note: This letter references an editor’s note published Jan. 12 regarding the community’s reaction to a story on the arrest of a former teacher.
Editor’s note provided public service
I am delighted to see that the editor of this newspaper not only printed a news story that she carefully considered to be newsworthy, but that she also stuck to her constitutional rights to stand by that story in the face of what sounds like a tsunami of criticism.
Better yet, the editor went to the trouble to make a lesson out of her decision and to explain it to her readers. As a former journalist and column writer and, more importantly, as a journalism teacher who taught responsible journalism for nearly four decades, I believe that the Fluvanna Review offered a genuine public service and I commend them for it.
I sincerely hope that the local high school and middle schools used this opportunity as a teaching tool, one that would be appropriate for distinct ages, although the First Amendment pretty well covers all ages.
In this age when newspapers are supposedly dying out, it heartens me that right here in our own little community we have seen entrepreneurial and journalistic enterprise spring up in several small forms. We should all celebrate this development, because a much broader and pernicious development is threatening to destroy our concept of news forever. I believe that we all need to fight against the post-facto, post-news and fake news phenomena with all our hearts and intellects. Or else that wonderful First Amendment will have an RIP sign desecrating it.
Editor’s note: This letter refers to a story called “Supervisors approve new development near Lake” that ran in the Dec. 29 edition.
Approving new development was bad decision
New development near Lake if all goes according to plan? Sounds to me like the supervisors don’t have a plan at all. They rezoned a 13.81-acre parcel on the east side of Route 600 by the river from agricultural to residential; what did they think would happen?
Trish Eager was the only one who had the wherewithal to think about the downfall of this decision. One, the traffic concerns both for the development and the drivers already on that stretch of road. Two, not to mention the reason we can’t sell our existing homes in Fluvanna County to prospective home buyers. Three, the construction of low-income housing for Houchens Place. Why would someone buy my house at $125,000-$175,000 when they can buy a new one for the same or cheaper? Four, why would someone buy my or your house at $150,000-$200,000 (affordable housing) when they can buy a new one for the same or a little more?
So when Bailey said, “What we’re trying to do is just meet the needs of the county,” I think he is misguided. We don’t need any more affordable housing. We have plenty that we can’t sell because of all the new construction.
Weaver said, “It’s borderline certainly.”
“It definitely has its drawbacks with traffic,” said Sheridan.
O’Brien said, “I am really concerned about that location.”
Sheridan went on to say, “I don’t see any other uses for that piece of land.” Maybe some sort of sanctuary for birds, such as waterfowl. Instead of putting it to the residents of this county, the supervisors decided to take the developer’s fistful of money and worry about the problems later. Typical.
Keep house number signs visible
In my travels I have passed several houses where I did not see a green sign showing the house number. These signs are used by the police, fire and rescue personnel to quickly locate the correct house to provide emergency service. The sign needs to be easily visible from the street near the driveway. If your sign is obstructed by plants or other objects, it can easily be moved to a better location. If the sign is missing, contact the sheriff’s office at 434-589-8211 and make a temporary sign to serve until the replacement arrives.